When I first met Chungliang “Al” Huang, he had me dancing. We met over the phone for this interview, and his words alone were enough to move me, to move my body, as I embraced the five moving forces, expanding and contracting, rising and falling with the motions of fire, water, wood, gold, and earth. Listen in to experience these movements, to enter the poetry of your body.
This interview originally aired on KAOS Olympia, the Evergreen State College’s community radio station, on February 5, 2014.
Chungliang al Huang is a celebrated Chinese-American dancer, philosopher, poet, calligrapher and taiji teacher. He is the author of numerous books, including The Essential Taiji and Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain. He teaches his students with a lively energy and playful humor, inviting them to dance taiji to Bach, to Baez, and everything in between. In this interview, Master Al Huang shares his perspective on Chinese philosophy and encourages us to embrace the earth through an understanding of the five moving forces. To learn more about Chungliang al Huang, visit his website at livingtao.org.